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Substance use as a function of activity level among young Swiss men

Original article
Diatta ID, Berchtold A
Swiss Med Wkly. 2020;150:w20197

Even though substance users and people with a high level of physical activity are two population groups that have been the subjects of many studies, the general link between substance use and level of physical activity is much less discussed. 

Clinical practice guidelines of medical societies in Switzerland: analysis of the current state

Original article
Bachmann L, Ulytė A, Dressel H
Swiss Med Wkly. 2019;149:w20134

In Switzerland, Clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) are not generally registered by a single central institution. Therefore, the total number and overall quality of the existing guidelines are not known.

Advanced carotid atherosclerosis in middle-aged subjects: comparison with PROCAM and SCORE risk categories, the potential for reclassification and cost-efficiency of carotid ultrasound in the setting of primary care

Original article
Romanens M, Sudano I, Adams A, Warmuth W
Swiss Med Wkly. 2019;149:w20006

This study compared use of carotid ultrasound for risk classification with PROCAM and SCORE risk categories, and investigated the potential for reclassification and cost-efficiency in the setting of primary care.

A prospective observational study of the main features of nocturnal leg cramps in primary care

Original article
Sebo P, Haller D, Cerutti B, Maisonneuve H
Swiss Med Wkly. 2019;149:w20048

Nocturnal leg cramps are common among older patients in primary care, but only some patients suffer from a relatively high number of cramps and/or cramps seriously affecting their quality of life. Future research should focus on the development of new approaches with real therapeutic benefits to treat these patients.

What makes internal medicine attractive for the millennial generation? A survey of residents in internal medicine in Switzerland

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Cribari M, Holzer BM, Battegay E, Minder CE, Zimmerli LU
Swiss Med Wkly. 2018;148:w14696

A new generation of physicians, millennials (also known as Generation Y), are entering residency programmes in internal medicine, and these young men and women learn and work in ways that are different from those of past generations.

Early diagnosis and management of dementia in general practice – how do Swiss GPs meet the challenge?

Original article
Giezendanner S, Monsch AU, Kressig RW, Mueller Y, Streit S, Essig S, Zeller A, Bally K
Swiss Med Wkly. 2018;148:w14695

The Swiss National Dementia Strategy 2014 concluded that action was needed to improve care of dementia patients. Little is known about GPs’ attitudes to diagnosis, disclosure and management of individuals with dementia in Switzerland.

Planning ahead with dementia: what role can advance care planning play? A review on opportunities and challenges

Review article: Biomedical intelligence
Bosisio F, Jox RJ, Jones L, Rubli Truchard E
Swiss Med Wkly. 2018;148:w14706

Taking care of someone with dementia poses a significant challenge for both relatives and professionals. Advance care planning can empower patients with dementia and their relatives to exert control over future care.

Does seminal vesicle-sparing robotic radical prostatectomy influence postoperative prostate-specific antigen measured with an ultrasensitive immunoassay?

Original article
Burkhardt O, Neuenschwander JE, John H, Randazzo M
Swiss Med Wkly. 2018;148:w14685

The authors analysed whether sparing of the seminal vesicles during robotic radical prostatectomy affects oncological outcome in terms of ultrasensitive PSA nadir and biochemical recurrence as compared with standard robotic assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy.

Impact of alternative healthcare plans on out-of-hours help-seeking intentions in Switzerland

Original article
Keizer E, Huibers L, Bondo Christensen M, Senn O
Swiss Med Wkly. 2018;148:w14686

Although in Switzerland standard health insurance plans offer free access to secondary and emergency care, in return for a lower premium individuals can choose plans with either a GP or a medical call centre (Telmed) acting as gatekeeper.

General practitioners’ perspectives on the use of nonpharmacological home remedies in two regions in Switzerland and France

Original article
Sebo P, Haller D, Sommer J, Excoffier S, Gaboreau Y, Maisonneuve H
Swiss Med Wkly. 2018;148:w14676

Nonpharmacological home remedies offer the potential for easily accessible and well-accepted management of common disorders in general practice.

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